Honor Their Service: Equal Opportunity
Our country was built on people fighting for freedom and the freedom of generations to come. Every hour, every minute of every day, our service men and women are across the globe, putting their lives in danger for us.
NewsCenter1 would like to recognize those people and the people who advocate for them here at home. This week’s segment of “Honor Their Service” is about equal opportunity and diversity.
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – South Dakota is one of the least diverse places in the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 16.5 percent of people are a race or ethnicity other than white. This includes African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians and Native Americans.
Most of the diversity comes from the Native American reservations and Ellsworth Air Force Base.
TSgt. Brittany Torrence said, “We have so many different cultures, people from different backgrounds, and we want to make sure that everybody is being represented as a whole.”
Torrence is also the president of the base’s Diversity Council. They highlight diversity with events – their most recent one being for veterans with disabilities. They also participate in Hispanic Heritage Month and several other medical awareness months.
The council works with the base’s Equal Opportunity office, which strives to bring together people from all walks of life. They provide a safe and welcoming environment for newcomers.
Airmen come from all over the country and all over the world. Some even become United States citizens at their basic training graduation.
“The Air Force represents and stands for the culture and population of America. We want to make sure not only here at Ellsworth, that we’re showing that diversity, but across the Air Force in general,” said Staff Sgt. Ashlei Philson, the noncommissioned officer in charge at Equal Opportunity.